Colorful lights cover taxiways and runways to help pilots navigate the airport. Red, blue, green, amber, and white lights glow, flash, and race across the ground. It’s time to find out what the colored airport lights mean and how pilots use them!
On December 17, 1903, at 10:35 am, Orville Wright successfully flew the first powered aircraft. The flight distance was 120 feet (37 m) and lasted 12 seconds. The top speed was only 6.8 miles per hour (10.9 km/h) over the ground. The airspeed was substantially higher due to winds gusting to 27 miles per hour.
Did you know that the very first video taken from a powered aircraft was shot onboard a Wright brothers aircraft? No, kids; they did not use a GoPro Hero to make the movie. The film, titled: “Wilbur Wright und seine Flugmaschine,” was made in 1909 near Rome and lasts about 3 1/2 minutes. It was made to end skepticism that the airplane could really fly. Here’s the film, in it’s entirety.
There’s plenty of time left to do some e-commerce shopping for Christmas. If you need inspiration for your AeroSavvy friends or loved ones, this should help…
For the aviation fan who has everything… I’ll bet he or she doesn’t have a pair of Boeing 777 Business Class Seats!
Just imagine relaxing in your home theater, man-cave or TV room in these authentic, lightly used airliner seats. Order a cold beer and peanuts from your significant other, run a vacuum cleaner nearby while you try to watch a movie. Wake up with nice kink in your neck or back… Just like a real airplane ride! Available from BoeingStore.com, a pair of these will set you back $2450.00 USD.
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I’m always fascinated by how stuff is made. An AVweb editor recently toured Sensenich‘s prop factory in Plant City, Florida. He produced a short video of the manufacturing process. Sensenich uses state-of-the-art, computer controlled equipment to make their propellers. Just image what this process would have been like 50+ years ago!
Sadly, you can’t have it this Christmas, but hopefully soon…
Two years ago, German company e-volo made history by making the first manned flight with an electric multicopter. The first prototype looks more like a science fair contraption than a serious flying machine, but it worked and proved the concept. The guys at e-volo are still at it and I really like where they’re headed.
Today’s Video Friday features:
American Airlines’ new paint scheme
AeroCross Wearable HUD
Short runways – Landings to make your skin crawl